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Cosmetic Dentistry Revolves around your Objectives

Cosmetic DentistryKalil Dental Associates enjoys serving patients from Windham, Methuen, and surrounding areas with the quality dental care we would want for ourselves. Part of the joy of dentistry comes from seeing the difference a healthy, attractive smile can make on a personal and professional level. If you have been thinking about improving the appearance of your teeth, we are here to support you with the treatment you need.

Cosmetic dentistry is not a formal specialty. Dentists who conduct smile-enhancing treatments have obtained additional training beyond dental school. The techniques that are learned center on specific goals, such as drawing out natural beauty through the proper use of high-quality materials.

Various Paths to the Same Goal

Ultimately, the objective of cosmetic dentistry is to make the smile look as attractive as the patient desires. This doesn’t mean a full smile makeover in every situation. Often, it is just one or two treatments that attain the desired outcome.

  • Teeth whitening. We have moved beyond the days of home whitening kits. Today, patients may choose this option, or they may choose to undergo professional teeth whitening in the dental office. In cases of severe discoloration, a combination of the two may be planned.
  • Porcelain veneers. From tough stains to a turned tooth to a problematic gap, porcelain veneers have been used for just about every cosmetic smile problem there is. In less than a month, it is possible to have a great new smile.
  • Dental bonding. This veneer treatment differs from porcelain veneers in performance and materials. Dental bonding may be performed to cover a small flaw or area of damage, such as a chip. The ceramic that is applied and shaped to perfection is immediately cured to remain in place for years with good care.
  • Gum contouring. This laser gum treatment enhances the smile by balancing the gum-to-tooth ratio. Soft tissue dental lasers are a safe, precise way to bring out your inner beauty.

Dental care for your Unique Needs

We find cosmetic dentistry to be a fun and exciting area of practice. To learn more about how treatments can be tailored to meet your needs, call our Methuen or Windham office.

Be Scared of the Yeti, Not Us

Sedation dentistrySome people are scared of spiders. Some people are scared of heights. Some people are scared of orange-colored politicians.

Others are scared of going to the dentist. And that’s a bad thing for their teeth.

At Kalil & Kress, we provide sedation for our patients who equate a visit to our offices with a viewing of Saw IV.

It’s not just fear

Some people have a fear of the dentist office. It may have been a bad previous experience with another dentist, or it may stem from stories from the patient’s friends. Or, he or she may simply have watched Marathon Man one too many times. Haven’t seen it? Suffice it to say the innocent protagonist, Dustin Hoffman, is mistaken for another person who knows where some hidden Nazi treasure is located. To find it, ex-Nazi doctor Lawrence Olivier uses, uh, persuasive dental drilling techniques!

Not good for our reputation!

Beyond fear, some patients also have other issues that can be mitigated with sedation. They may have overly sensitive teeth or gums, or they may have an extremely strong gag reflex.

Sedation to the rescue!

Sedation allows people to feel comfortable about undergoing complex or lengthy procedures. Often, those patients note afterward that the procedure seemed to last just a few minutes. It allows those with sensitive teeth or gums to feel absolutely nothing during the procedure. And for those with an innate fear, it simply takes the edge off.

Types of sedation we use

At Kalil & Kress, we use several possible levels or types of sedation:

  • Nitrous oxide — You may know it as laughing gas. Administered through a facemask, nitrous oxide is helpful for patients who fear the needle used to inject the local anesthetic. Nitrous oxide gives the patient a feeling of relaxation, making it easier to sit through a long procedure. It also wears off quickly, making it great for patients who will drive themselves home after their appointment.
  • Oral sedatives — We use a variety of oral sedatives such as Valium and Xanax to cause drowsiness and reduce anxiety. Like nitrous oxide, once administered, oral sedatives allow us to inject the local anesthetic to prevent any pain.

See? There’s no reason to miss your appointment with the team at Kalil & Kress because you’re nervous about it. Our sedation services will alleviate your fear and discomfort. Call us to schedule your next appointment, 603-880-7004.

Important Questions to ask Before Teeth Whitening

Teeth WhiteningWe love helping patients regain the brilliance that has been diminished from their smile over the years. Discoloration is one of the primary concerns expressed to dentists. Fortunately, it is one of the simplest issues to correct. Patients of Kalil Dental Associates may choose to brighten up their smile with home whitening, in-office whitening, or a combination of the two. Regardless of the preferred method, certain questions should be asked before teeth whitening.

  1. How much is needed? One of the biggest mistakes that can be made in teeth whitening is taking it too far. We all have a natural range of brilliance that complements our inherent complexion. Chicklet-white teeth don’t look natural on every face and can detract from beauty if not reigned-in. We look for this range when conducting treatment in the office, and suggest that patients’ use the whites of the eyes as a guide when treating discoloration with a professional home-whitening kit obtained in our office.
  2. Could there be a challenge to the whitening process? Ideally, whitening can be performed without challenge. However, it is important to know the risk before starting. This is why we conduct a thorough dental exam before cosmetic treatments like whitening. Dental conditions such as gingivitis, gum disease, or tooth decay, could make whitening uncomfortable or even damaging to the vulnerable structures.
  3. Will existing dental work be affected? Natural enamel is affected by the chemical reaction from peroxide gel. Dental materials such as composite resin and porcelain are not. This means that your new, whiter teeth could make your restorations appear stained. To achieve the most natural esthetic, it may be necessary to replace visible restorations after the ideal shade of white has been obtained.
  4. Does method matter? There is a misconception that stained teeth can be transformed into radiant teeth with various over-the-counter products. Most toothpaste products today say “whitening” somewhere on the label. This implies stain-lifting when what it means is polishing. Whitening strips do lift surface stains but are not designed for dramatic results. Method matters. For unmistakable payoff from teeth whitening, see your dentist.

Our offices in Methuen and Windham offer friendly, professional service for your general and cosmetic concerns. Contact us for a convenient appointment time.

Are You Considering Orthodontic Treatment? Here’s What You Need To Ask Yourself!

Invisalign Methuen MA | Windham NHOne of the best things you can do for your smile – and your oral health – is to correct misalignment. Orthodontic treatment has historically gone hand in hand with being a teenager, but not all of us were provided with teeth-straightening treatment early in life. This has left many adults contemplating orthodontic care during a time in which they also want to maintain a certain image. The good news is that it’s possible to correct alignment issues during adulthood; you just need to ask yourself these questions . . .

Why should I?

Teens are taken to the orthodontists and rarely have a say in whether or not their crooked teeth are straightened (they are thankful after the fact!). As an adult, you can ask why you should straighten your teeth. The clear answer is that your smile will look better, but there’s more to it than that. Straight teeth are also cleaner teeth, and that translates into better oral health. This is because your brush and floss are more effective when there aren’t tight spaces or areas of overlap.

Why shouldn’t I?

This question offsets the idea that “I’m too old for braces.” Why shouldn’t you love your smile? Why shouldn’t you enjoy good oral health and greater confidence? You deserve this and more, and you may even be able to achieve it without braces at all. Many of the adults we treat achieve their desired result with Invisalign.

How can I get a straighter smile?

Once you know you are ready to commit to treatment; your next step is to find out which method of teeth-straightening will work for you. Most adults prefer the discreet nature of Invisalign, the aligner system that fits over teeth rather than requiring that fixtures adhere to them.

Schedule a consultation

We are proud to offer Invisalign treatment in our Windham and Methuen offices, enabling patients to improve their appearance and oral health without the unpleasant aspects of traditional orthodontia. Call Kalil Dental Associates today at (978) 688-1895.

 

When Fables Become Fallacies

Dental Implant Methuen MA | Windham NHThere are several benefits to telling stories. Children love them, and those that get passed from one generation to the next have historical value for a family or culture. For the most part, stories bring joy to those who tell them and those who hear them. Then there are the fables that we tell ourselves, the ones that can hurt us, but that often turn into false beliefs that guide certain decisions. These fallacies can even extend into dentistry, ultimately affecting treatment options that you allow yourself to consider. Here, we reveal some of the common fallacies patients believe about dental implants.

I am not deserving of such treatment

If you were to say you don’t deserve to get dental implants, would you also say you didn’t deserve that natural tooth or teeth that were lost? When we put this spin on it, you can see where the lie is. We all deserve teeth that function well. We were given teeth very early in life, and even got a second set to give us a lifetime of speech, chewing, and an attractive appearance. Mother Nature did not qualify the doling out of teeth, and neither do we. If you are in good health and you need tooth replacement, there is no “deserving” about it.

I’m too old for this treatment

If you are 45 or you are 85, and you are in good health, and like to eat a variety of foods, and like to smile, you are not too old for dental implants. Yes, there are alternatives. Dentures or Bridges are still commonly used. However, the consequences of having no roots beneath teeth can be significant at any age.

I don’t need that tooth replaced

A certain number of teeth grow into the mouth for a reason. We have teeth for a reason. There is no loss that is free of consequences, even if it’s just one tooth; one small gap. First, the space will be visible. Second, the teeth that are left have to do more work to chew. This can mean susceptibility to damage like chips or cracks.

Schedule a consultation

Kalil Dental Associates serves families in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Contact us today to replace fallacies about dental implants with facts.

 

 

Ready To Test Your Knowledge?

Your knowledge of oral health and dental care directly relate to how good you feel, and how good you feel about the appearance of your teeth. At Kalil Dental Associates, we think that dentistry should be serious, but also fun. On that note, we invite you to take our short quiz to see what you know about various dental topics.

Which of the following can cause tooth damage?

  1. Soda
  2. Vinegar salad dressing
  3. Diet soda
  4. Carbonated water
  5. All of the above
  6. None of the above

Answer: E. Many people are aware that soda is tooth-damaging because soda contains sugar. However, diet soda, and even carbonated water are also dangerous and should be consumed in very limited amounts. The problem with these beverages, as well as vinegar salad dressing, is not sugar – it’s acid. Acid, even the acidic byproduct of sugar-fed bacteria, eats away at the healthy enamel, increasing the risk of cavities and other tooth damage.

Which method of teeth whitening is best?

  1. Professional in-office whitening
  2. Laser teeth whitening
  3. Commercial whitening strips
  4. All of the above
  5. None of the above

Answer: E. – OR, D! Here’s the thing, teeth whitening is a customs procedure. If you have very light stains, you may be able to maintain a bright smile with the occasional use of commercial whitening strips. Stains that are more severe will not be lifted by this method because the concentration of peroxide is too low. In such cases, either in-office whitening or home whitening prescribed by your dentist is more appropriate. The primary difference between professional whitening treatments is the time in which optimal results can be achieved.

True or False

Sports drinks are a good alternative to soda.

False. If you look back at the first question, you will remember that cavities are caused when enamel is weakened, and enamel is weakened by acid. Sports drinks have a similar amount of acid as soda and can cause tooth damage within a week if consumed daily.

Gold crowns are outdated and unattractive.

False. While some different types of crowns exist today, gold remains one of the best materials for this protective restoration. Gold is malleable so creates an excellent fit, which then translates into longevity. Gold is also one of the strongest dental materials. If you want a gold crown to blend in with surrounding teeth, this can be accomplished with a porcelain overlay. It’s that simple!

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Kalil Dental Associates offers friendly care that keeps you smiling! To schedule an appointment for a check up contact us at (978) 688-1895

Maximizing Bridge Treatment With Implants

Dental BridgesDental bridges, like dentures, have been a longstanding method of restoring form and function to the mouth. The familiarity of these treatments is so great that many people still overlook the advancement that has changed the game of tooth replacement: dental implants.

If you are missing a single tooth, there is the good reason to consider how an implant would serve you for the rest of your life. A traditional bridge may also be used in such a situation. However, remember that bone loss, even in a small, localized area, is a significant problem. When two or more adjacent teeth have been lost, the benefits of the implant supported bridge become even more pronounced.

The implant-supported bridge is similar to an overdenture, where the multi-tooth prosthesis is affixed to a few posts that have integrated into the jaw bone. The clear advantage of this support is that healthy teeth are not placed under the stress of having to support the function once served by multiple teeth. But there is more . . .

A bridge significantly improves the aesthetic value of the smile which has lost a few teeth. Even in the standard form, a dental bridge made with today’s materials looks and feels much more like a natural tooth than the fixtures made just a few decades ago. Made with porcelain, replacement teeth shine and reflect light so well that most people cannot tell that they are not natural, even at the front of the smile.

Closing the gap between two teeth also means that speech is restored or is never affected by the change in oral structure. Nor is the ability to chew food, and to enjoy a wide variety of foods. Finally, the closure of space means that surrounding teeth are not able to move from their ideal position.

And there is more . . .

If a standard bridge can accomplish so much, then why would we suggest an implant support that fixture? It’s simple. Longevity. Not only does the integrated implant post hold its value for life (as long as you take care of your gum health), but the teeth that would have otherwise been fitted with crowns are also able to function for a longer period. Finally, it is much easier to brush and floss with an implant supported structure than a conventional bridge.

Schedule a consultation

If you are missing teeth, let’s talk. Schedule a consultation in our office at (978) 688-1895 to discuss your treatment options.

 

Want A Straighter Smile Without Braces?

Invisalign Methuen, MA | Windham NHThe idea that one could get straighter teeth without having to wear bulky metal braces was once a “pie-in-the-sky” sort of wishful thinking. Today, more and more people realize that this preference is available, and may work for their needs. At Kalil Dental Associates, we are pleased to provide patients with the discreet orthodontic option they desire, Invisalign. When you visit our Methuen or Windham office, your orthodontic treatment can be our little secret!

Invisalign is More than Clear Braces

Clear braces are real. They are a method of orthodontia that mimics the standard protocol, only with tooth-colored wires and brackets. While clear braces are more discreet, for sure, they aren’t the total package that many patients are looking for. This is because of the presence of brackets, and the fact that those sharp edges can cause discomfort is a big problem. Invisalign goes beyond the need for a natural appearance.

There are several advantages to the Invisalign system beyond the fact that you cannot see any brackets or wires – because there aren’t any! Some of the additional reasons why patients prefer this method of straightening teeth include:

  • They have freed from dietary limitations thanks to removable trays.
  • Brushing and flossing are not challenged by orthodontic appliances.
  • Many cases are completed more quickly than with alternative methods.
  • Treatment is completed with fewer visits to the dentist’s office.

Which of these advantages sounds most appealing to you?

Candidates for Invisalign

One of the biggest misperceptions about the new way we straighten teeth is that the Invisalign aligner method is purely cosmetic. Cosmetic braces are intended to straighten only the teeth at the front of the mouth. Invisalign is a full-mouth system that has been widely used to correct a variety of orthodontic problems, including:

  • Gaps
  • Overcrowding, even overlapping
  • Bite issues including overbite, crossbite, and underbite.

Schedule a consultation

We are happy to speak with you! If you are interested in correcting mild to moderate misalignment, you may be an ideal candidate for Invisalign. The only way to know if this method is right for you is to schedule a consultation. Give us a call today at (978) 688-1895!

Constant Struggle with Tooth Decay? This could be Why!

damaged teethWhen brushing and flossing are a part of your normal routine, you expect to get good results from your efforts. If you also watch what you eat and see your dentist every six months, you may feel more than a little frustrated if you continually struggle to keep tooth decay at bay. If cavities have been an ongoing problem for you, this could be why.

Getting in the Groove

Molars, and even premolars, have a more expansive chewing surface. It isn’t only this fact that creates more space for oral bacteria, it is the grooves that are inherent to these teeth. For some people, the natural valleys across the chewing surface of back teeth are deep enough to trap bacteria and food debris. If you notice that you tend to get cavities in molars and premolars, speak with your dentist about the benefits of dental sealants. This easy preventive treatment decreases the susceptibility to tooth decay for up to 5 years.

The Space Between

When we think about the spaces in between each tooth, what may come to mind is the need to floss. Yes, there’s that. But also, the extent of space between teeth, or the lack of it, can make oral hygiene quite the challenge. Teeth should not overlap. When they do, they trap bacteria and debris in the same way deep grooves do this. There are two ways to protect the space between: floss every night before bed, and consider orthodontic treatment to correct crowding and overlapping.

It’s a Desert in There!

Your mouth is its own ecosystem. It is one that, in the ideal circumstances, would remain moist. There are several reasons why you may find that your mouth becomes as dry as the Sahara Desert. One reason for dry mouth is the use of certain medications. Another is a health condition like diabetes. Alas, the lack of saliva could boil down to not drinking enough water. Whatever the reason, dry mouth leaves you prone to cavities. In addition to chewing sugarless gum and sipping water, you can speak to your dentist about ways to support your oral health.

Schedule a consultation

Kalil Dental Associates wants to help you preserve the health of your teeth and gums. Schedule your visit with us in Methuen or Windham (978) 688-1895.

 

Think you can Put off Dental Treatment?

dental treamentYou’ve been in to see your dentist for a routine checkup and cleaning, only to discover that you have a slight dental problem that needs fixing. What do you do? If you’re like a lot of people, you may think that you will schedule the care you need “in a bit.” Life is busy, and though it is important to you that you get that tooth repaired, you may forget or innocently put off your treatment. Here is why that could be a big mistake.

  • Dental problems are not stagnant. When you have a problem in the mouth, such as a cavity, you must think about the role that bacteria play in the progression of damage. A tooth that is vulnerable will be easier to degrade than a healthy, strong tooth, and that means that complications from your initial problem could develop relatively quickly.
  • The dental care you need depends on the severity of the problem. We know that most of our patients would prefer not to need restorative dental treatment at all. When a small problem is diagnosed, we may be able to correct it with a filling or crown. However, the treatment that you would prefer will depend on how quickly you are treated. If a problem progresses, you may find yourself rushing to our office for urgent care to resolve severe pain, which will likely call for more in-depth care than that filling you needed initially.
  • It may cost more to repair your smile. The more comprehensive care you need, such as a root canal and crown versus a filling, the higher the cost to repair the tooth. No one likes having to spend extra money just for that!
  • Here’s something that may prompt you to get care right away. If you’re not in pain at the time you discover you have a small issue, why put yourself in the position of developing a toothache? When your tooth hurts, you cannot eat well, and the last thing you want is to have your dentist poking around in your mouth.

Why wait? Let the team at Kalil Dental Associates give you the gentle care you need to enjoy a healthy, pain-free smile.